Here is a sneak preview: you can listen to the entire new Poetry Jukebox curation using the link below!

Poetry Jukebox 'Star Gazing' is live!

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Project 2021:

5 Books

5 Authors

5 Schools

5 Videos

5 Questions

Project 5 is a joint initiative with Poetry Ireland, that put books in children’s hands!

Comh-thioscadal atá anseo le hÉigse Éireann – Project 5 chuireann leabhair i lámha pháistí!

Project 2021:

STRABANE -poetry & music

A unique performance by poet Maureen Boyle and composer Úna Monaghan.

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Recorded at the Alley Theatre

Special thanks are due to Derry & Strabane Council staff: Jacqueline Doherty, Jean Smyth, Patrick McCabe, Andrew Orr. Acknowlegements: Alan Hayes, Arlen House Press, Anna Scott-Brown & Adam Fowler, Overtone Productions, Malachi O’Doherty.

Supported by Lottery Funds

Project 2021:

SAME/Difference 2 'The Hearth'

The SAME/Difference project examines the concept of identity, belonging, home, diversity and peace-building, through creative writing and imagery. We have been keen to include people from minority ethnic groups whose first language is other than English and our experienced team of artists supported the group to express creatively both the challenges and enriching perspective of life in a ‘new ground’ and the lived-experience of  ‘home’.

View the second SAME /Difference exhibition of work :

Project 2021:

SOUNDINGS- Poetry of Belfast

Watch the videos of each of the poets reading their work:

Project 2021:

‘Entity / Spéirbhean’

New short film: Entity / Spéirbhean

‘Entity / Spéirbhean’ is a cross-artform short film, bringing together spoken word (Máire Zepf), dance (Clara Kerr) and film (Jo Guthrie). The collaboration takes a fresh look at how women inhabit their bodies across the span of their lives and is a celebration of the beauty of female resilience.
In Irish with subtitles.

Find out more about 'Entity | Spéirbhean’ and view film:



Curation Title: Star Gazing

Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,

In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,

Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

From 'When I Heard the Learned Astronomer' by Walt Whitman.

This edition of poems for Poetry Jukebox is curated by poets Iggy McGovern & Maria McManus. The curation explores poems that connect with any aspect of star gazing, from constellations to comets, from stardust to space shuttles, from Dark Matter to Darth Vader, from Black Holes to Mission Control …

Project 2020-1:

Play Me a Story/ MO CHEOL THÚ!

Cadé mar a insíonn tú scéal trí mheán an cheoil? Chuir Máire ceist ar a cuid cairde i gCeolfhoireann Uladh chun fáil amach!

How do you tell a story through music?  Máire has been finding out exactly that with a little help from her friends in the Ulster Orchestra!


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Project 2020:


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Ongoing Project


Head of Literature at the Arts Council Damian Smyth talks about the importance of Poetry Day and the Label-Lit Project.

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